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'''Forest Steven Whitaker III''' (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, film director|director, and film producer|producer. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as ''The Butler|Lee Daniels' The Butler'', ''Bird (film)|Bird'', and ''Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai'',[ "In general, he rules."] ''The Boston Globe''. October 1, 2006.[ "Forest Whitaker: The King Of The Oscars?"] for his work in direct-to-video films and for his recurring role as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the Emmy Award-winning television series ''The Shield''.Sternbergh, Adam. [ "Out of the Woods: How Forest Whitaker...
Birth nameForest Steven Whitaker III
Birth date{{Birth date and age|mf=yes|1961|7|15}}
Birth placeLongview, Texas, U.S.
Alma materCal Poly Pomona, University of Southern California, Drama Studio London, New York University
OccupationActor, film producer|producer, film director|director
Years active1982–present
Spouse{{marriage|Keisha Nash|1996}}
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